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Monday, 6 June, 2011 14:58
"Presidential Hopeful Mary Davis" <>, "Presidential Hopeful Fergus Finlay Chief Executive of Barnardos (Ireland)" <>, "Presidential Hopeful Michael D Higgins TD" <>, "Presidential Hopeful David Norris" <>, "Fianna Fáil Party Leader Micheál Martin TD" <>, "Fine Gael Party Leader Enda Kenny TD" <>, "Labour Party Leader Eamon Gilmore TD" <>, "Sinn Féin Party Leader Gerry Adams TD" <>, "United Left Alliance Party" <>, "Guardian of Republic of Ireland Constitution (President Mary McAleese)" <>, "Republic of Ireland Ombudsman Dr Emily O'Reilly" <>, "Transparency International Ireland (Dr Elaine Byrne)" <>, "John Devitt (Chief Executive of Transparency International Ireland)" <>, "Fr. Harry Bohan (Founder of The Ceifin Centre)" <>, "Cardinal Brady" <>, "Pope Benedict XVI" <>, "Medical Council (Republic of Ireland)" <>, "Marie Murray (Senior Psychologist & Irish Times Columnist)" <>, "Lawyer and Broadcaster Vincent Browne" <>,, "Rossport Solidarity Camp" <>, "The Irish Peace And Neutrality Alliance" <>,, "Chairman of Press Council (Professor Thomas Mitchell)" <>, "Newspaper Proprietor Sir Anthony O'Reilly" <>, "Pat Kenny RTE" <>, "TG4 (Irish Language Station)" <>, "Editor at The Sovereign Independent Republic of Ireland" <>, "Sunday World Newspaper" <>, "Sunday Business Post" <>, "Irish Emigrant Newspaper" <>, "Cork Examiner" <>, "Internet Journalist" <>, "Martin Cody Media Bureau Dublin" <>, "Journalist and Author Fintan O'Toole" <>, "Press Ombudsman (Professor John Horgan)" <>, "Amnesty International Ireland" <>, "Irish Centre for Human Rights (National University of Ireland)" <>, "Linda O'Shea Farren (Lawyer & Disability Rights Advocate)" <>, "Practising Barrister and East Galway General Election 2011 Contender Lorraine Higgins" <>, "East Galway General Election 2011 Contender Cllr. Tim Broderick" <>, "Republic of Ireland Practicing Barrister Former Psychologist and General Election 2011 Candidate Catherine Connolly" <>, "Second Republic Project" <>
"The Spirit of Celtic Queen Boadicea (East Anglia)" <>, "The Spirit of Celtic Chieftain Vercingetorix (Alesia and Turoe)" <>, "The Spirit of King Ollamh Fodhla (Tara and Ulster)" <>
"We prate and babble, and write books, and publish them, filled with sentiments of freedom, and abhorrence of tyranny, and lofty praises of the
Rights of Man! Yet we are content to hold three millions of our fellow creatures, and fellow subjects, in degradation and in infamy, and contempt, or to sum up all in one word, in Slavery!"  (This statement was written by the Republican Irish lawyer and army officer Theobald Wolfe Tone well over 200 years ago.)

"Dept Slavery" comes next for the present "three millions" plus Republic of Ireland citizens: if we're not all very vigilant, and very cautious?

The e-mail reproduced below to 83 Republic of Ireland TDs (half of the total 166) can also be viewed at:

The version of the e-mail at the above address has rich-text hyperlinks which are not available in plain-text.

A very similar e-mail has also been sent to the Group which makes up the 2nd half of the TDs, and it can be viewed at:


--- On Fri, 3/6/11, William Finnerty <> wrote:

From: William Finnerty <>
Subject: Irish Republicanism
To: "Members of the 31st Dail (Group 1 of 2)" <>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Cc: "The Spirit of Celtic Queen Boadicea (East Anglia)" <>, "The Spirit of Celtic Chieftain Vercingetorix (Alesia and Turoe)" <>, "The Spirit of King Ollamh Fodhla (Tara and Ulster)" <>
Date: Friday, 3 June, 2011, 17:00

June 3, 2011

Irish Republicanism

By William Finnerty

Theobald Wolfe Tone (1763 - 1798), who died by his own hand in a Dublin prison after being refused a "soldier's execution", is widely regarded as the "father of Irish republicanism". He was a leading member of the group of aristocrats who vigorously supported the Irish independence movement known as "The United Irishmen". The aristocrats in question included the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who, in addition to now being widely considered one of the very best lyric poets of the English language, was closely associated with contemporaries Lord Byron and John Keats, in addition to being an enthusiastic supporter of contemporary "United Irishman" journalist Peter Finnerty who came from Loughrea in County Galway. Shelley also became the idol of a number of other famous poets including Alfred Lord Tennyson and William Butler Yeats.


The main section of text below is largely based on a recent "comment" at the following www location:

A backup copy of the original comment has been placed at:


by W. Finnerty Fri Jun 03, 2011 09:48

How have we ended up with such narrow views on republican forms of government, and the wide range of people and groups who have supported them since the days of Ancient Greece at least?

"The word 'republic' is derived from the Latin phrase 'res publica', which can be translated as 'a public affair', and often used to describe a state using this form of government."

The above excerpt has been copied from:

Basically, when all the verbal "smoke and mirrors" are filtered out from the "big picture", there seems to me to be just two main forms of government:

Government of the people, by the people, for the people and Government of the ruling elites, by the ruling elites, for the ruling elites.

Although I believe I know which form of government Wolfe Tone and his fellow United Irishmen supported, I'm genuinely unsure about which side RSF and many other political groups and parties are really on? It often appears to me that political groups who claim to be "republican" are (in reality) little more than "ruling elites" of one kind or another (at heart) trying to replace some other group of virtually identical "ruling elites" (under a different name): often through the ballot box, and under the pretence of genuine democracy.

What choice did "Republic (so called) of Ireland" voters have at the general election earlier this year: "six" of one type of "ruling elites", or "half a dozen" of the other?

And where, especially with regard to current issues of extreme importance relating to the "common good" of the people of the Republic of Ireland, issues such as the "bankers bailouts" and the "giveaway" of our oil and gas resources (for example), do all of our present set of "elected representatives" (so called) stand at the present time -- in reality -- regarding their support for the basic set of republican principles expressed in the following piece of text:

"All powers of government, legislative, executive and judicial, derive, under God, from the people, whose right it is to designate the rulers of the State and, in final appeal, to decide all questions of national policy, according to the requirements of the common good": which, as some will already know, is the full text of Article 6.1 of Bunreacht na hEireann, the  Basic Law  (i.e. The HIGHEST LAW) of the Republic of Ireland?


The above text has been copied from the following Open News location:


A list of closely related Open News Diary Entries by William Finnerty can be viewed at the following www location:


William Finnerty



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"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing."

Albert Einstein


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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Dr Martin Luther King Jr
(Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16th, 1963)



  There is NOTHING to prevent governments producing their own  DEBT-FREE  and  INTEREST-FREE  money.

It has been done very successfully and very easily before, both by former US President Abraham Lincoln, and by former US President John F. Kennedy (for example).
  "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day."  


Former United States of America President Abraham Lincoln
(1809 - 1865)

  "Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed - and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian law-maker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy."  


Former United States of America President John F Kennedy
(1917 - 1963)




  "Il y a assez de tout dans le monde pour satisfaire aux besoins de  l'homme, mais pas assez pour assouvir son avidité."  

"How you zay in English?"

  "There is enough of everything in the world to satisfy all the needs of mankind, but not its greed."  
  Attributed to:  

(French Celtic leader executed in Rome at the hands of Julius Caesar in 46 BC)



Statue of Vercingetorix by Bartholdi, on Place de Jaude, in Clermont-Ferrand


The inscription reads:


"J'ai pris les armes pour la liberté de tous"




 "I took up arms for the liberty of all"





Old Irish Saying:


"Is é Dia an fhírinne agus saorfaidh an fhírinne sibh."


(God is truth and the truth will free you.)


The Spirit of King Ollamh Fodhla


"It is error alone which needs the support of government.
Truth can stand by itself."




"I consider Trial by Jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man, by which
 a government can be held to the principles of its constitution".


Principal Author of the American Declaration of Independence & Former USA President Thomas Jefferson


(1743 - 1826)




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